WHY CHILDREN DO BETTER WITH PARENTS WHO ARE TOGETHER

Family is important. Here are Great Marriages we strive to keeps marriages healthy and families together. 

Here are some facts to consider when it comes to children of divorce...

1. Children raised in intact married families:

  • are more likely to attend college
  • are physically and emotionally healthier
  • are less likely to be physically or sexually abused
  • are less likely to use drugs or alcohol and to commit delinquent behaviors
  • have a decreased risk of divorcing when they get married
  • are less likely to become pregnant/impregnate someone as a teenager

2. Children receive gender specific support from having a mother and a father. Research shows that particular roles of mothers (e.g., to nurture) and fathers (e.g., to discipline), as well as complex biologically rooted interactions, are important for the development of boys and girls (Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles, 2006).

3. A child living with a single mother is 14 times more likely to suffer serious physical abuse than is a child living with married biological parents (The Positive Effects of Marriage: A Book of Charts, Patrick Fagan).

4. In married families, about one- third of adolescents are sexually active. For teenagers in divorced families, and those with single unwed parents, the percentage rises above one-half (The Positive Effects of Marriage: A Book of Charts, Patrick Fagan).

5. Children of divorce experience lasting tension as a result of the increasing differences in their parents values and ideas. At a young age they must make mature decisions regarding their beliefs and values (Ten Findings from a National Study on the Moral and Spiritual Lives of Children of Divorce, Elizabeth Marquardt).

Source: For Your Marriage